DCW releases 1967 Legion and CYO on DVD

Steve Vickers, Publisher

Sights & Sounds, Inc., publishers of Drum Corps World newspaper, released a new set of DVDs on March 15. Contained on the four-disc set are performances lf the four senior corps and seven junior corps at the 1967 American Legion Nationals and seven performances of junior corps from the CYO Nationals two days later.

This material was originally recorded on brand-new technology in 1967 — a Sony Beta videotape camera and 1″ reel-to-reel machine — by Mike Rounds, who was on staff with the California Velvet Knights. He was sent to the East coast to film competitions so that members could see some of the corps they would compete against when they made their first national tour the following summer.

The nearly 40-year-old videotapes are in remarkably good shape and the sound quality is excellent. The American Legion material was shot from the NBC color platform at Fenway Park in Boston, MA, on August 27. Two days later, CYO Nationals were held in a stadium without permanent lights. The quality of the Legion performances is better than CYO because of the temporary illumination atop extension ladders placed around the perimeter of the field at CYO.

Included in the set are the following corps . . .

1967 American Legion Nationals • Boston, MA • August 27

Senior corps finals
Connecticut Hurricanes, Derby, CT
Hawthorne Caballeros, Hawthorne, NJ
Grey Knight Crusaders, Rochester, NY
Syracuse Brigadiers, Syracuse, NY
Junior corps finals
Chicago Cavaliers, Chicago, IL
Boston Crusaders, Boston, MA
Blessed Sacrament Golden Knights, Newark, NJ
St. Joseph’s of Batavia, Batavia, NY
St. Lucy’s Cadets, Newark, NJ
St. Mary’s Cardinals, Beverly, MA
St. Kevin’s Emerald Knights, Dorchester, MA

1967 CYO Nationals • Boston, MA • August 29

Garfield Cadets, Garfield, NJ
Chicago Royal Airs, Chicago, IL
Blue Rock, Wilmington, DE
Toronto Optimists, Toronto, ONT
Muchachos, Hawthorne, NJ
I.C. Reveries, Revere, MA
Bridgeport PAL Cadets, Bridgeport, CT

The remaining corps that performed at the CYO show were not filmed.

These performances have not been seen by anyone in almost four decades.

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